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Ralphie Report: Boulder is going all out to flip five-star QB Julian Lewis to the Buffs

Folsom Field

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Buffs Nation REALLY wants JuJu

This weekend is perhaps the single most important moment of the offseason for Deion Sanders and the Colorado Buffaloes. Five recruits will be making their way to Boulder for an official visit with the program. Among those five players, one stands out as the most intriguing; current USC commit and five-star QB Julian Lewis.

Lewis is a consensus top-three quarterback in the class of 2025. Since USC’s max exodus of transfers under Lincoln Riley this offseason, Lewis has been reconsidering his move to Los Angeles. He’s already gone on official visits to Auburn and Indiana, but now it’s the Buffs’ turn this weekend.

Buffs Nation knows just how massive landing Lewis would be. If he’d flip his commitment and come to Boulder, Shedeur Sanders’ replacement would be already locked down. Managing to flip Lewis would be one of the biggest commitments in Colorado Buffaloes history and Boulder is going all out to ensure that happens.

To start things off, realtor and Buffs booster Laura Levy has taken the initiative to print out huge welcome signs for businesses to hang outside during Lewis’ visit. Some of Boulder’s most iconic spots will be hanging up these welcome signs, including The Sink, the Boulder Theater and Pasta Jays. Even Ms. Peggy is rocking a welcome sign outside her home this weekend!

“We don’t just want Juju…. We need Juju in Colorado!”

Peggy is proudly displaying this at her home. #wewantjuju pic.twitter.com/mpLbEJqb2c

— Laura Levy (@lauralevyCO) June 21, 2024

The Sink took things a step further, creating a JuJu Lewis signature burger for his visit. The “JuJu’s Precision Pass Burger” will be available at The Sink this weekend only. This marks the first time I’ve ever seen a recruit get a burger named after them at an iconic local restaurant on their official visit, despite Jim Harbaugh’s best efforts to be the “burger recruit guy”. Shedeur Sanders doesn’t even have a burger named after him at The Sink, so just let that sink in (pun intended).

In honor of QB Julian Lewis’s visit, we’ve crafted Juju’s Precision Pass Burger! This double patty cheeseburger with shredded lettuce, red onion, bacon, and A-1 aioli is a game-changer. Stop by The Sink to celebrate!#WeWantJuju #SKOBUFFS@JuJuLewis10 @DeionSanders @lauralevyCO pic.twitter.com/wSxISDA5Tc

— The Sink (@sinkburger) June 21, 2024

There’s even going to be a “welcome party” for Lewis and the other recruits outside the Champion’s Center on Saturday morning for Lewis, hosted by some very dedicated fans.

Colorado Buffaloes fans are meeting tomorrow in front of the Champions Center @ 8AM to welcome our future Buffs to Colorado!

Boulder, let's make this happen! Sometimes you gotta pop out and show em #skobuffs #WeComing pic.twitter.com/LOfBuxCZGY

— NoSkoZone (@noskozone) June 21, 2024

If you’re thinking “This isn’t normal for Boulder”, you’d be correct. But this isn’t a normal weekend either. This is likely the single biggest recruiting weekend of the Coach Prime era thus far and landing Lewis would be a legitimate game-changer. While it’s uncertain if Lewis will end up flipping his commitment to Colorado, the Boulder community is breaking out all their tricks to make it possible.

by RylandScholes
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CU At The Game: Schedule Countdown – CU’s Six “Easiest” Games

Which of CU's 12 opponents this fall rate as the "easiest" games? ... If the Buffs are to go bowling, the "Search For Six" begins with these games ...

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CU At The Game: CUATG Podcast – Schedule Countdown

The College Football News ranks ten of CU's 12 games as "50/50" games ... No cop outs here, as we rank all 12 CU opponents, from the "easiest" game of the season, to the "most difficult" ... See if you agree with our rankings ...

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Ralphie Report: Cody Williams and Tristan Da Silva receive invites to NBA Draft green room

Colorado v Florida

Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Two Buffaloes are expected to be first round picks in NBA Draft.

CU will be well represented in the green room at the NBA Draft this month: both Cody Williams and Tristan Da Silva accepted invitations to attend the event in person.

24 accepted NBA draft green room invites:

Zaccharie Risacher
Alex Sarr
Donovan Clingan
Reed Sheppard
Matas Buzelis
Stephon Castle
Dalton Knecht
Tidjane Salaun
Ron Holland
Cody Williams
Devin Carter
Ja’Kobe Walter
Rob Dillingham
Nikola Topic
Jared McCain
Johnny Furphy
Kyshawn… pic.twitter.com/edDAzakDNj

— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 19, 2024

Williams was one of the original group invited, and then Da Silva joined him later on, according to ESPN reporter Jonathan Givony.

NEWS: Colorado forward Tristan Da Silva has received a green room invite to attend the NBA Draft with his family, a source told ESPN. pic.twitter.com/7eRPGUXATY

— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 19, 2024

Williams has long been considered a lottery pick in this year’s class and experts have suggested he could be drafted in the top five. Teams like Portland, San Antonio and Utah are targeting him, all of whom have stronger records of player development.

Da Silva might sneak into the back of the lottery, but it’s more likely he’s a mid-to-late first round pick. After averaging over 16 points and five rebounds last season, Da Silva’s stock has risen as teams value his versatile skillset and feel for the game.

KJ Simpson is also expected to be drafted, although he’s projected as a second round pick.

The NBA Draft will begin on June 26 and continue the following day.

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Ralphie Report: Charlie Offerdahl and Colorado’s “Original Buffaloes” are finally getting their recognition

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 01 Colorado at Arizona

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Amid all the roster turnover, these Buffs have stuck around

Being a football player for the Colorado Buffaloes in the Deion Sanders era isn’t easy. When Coach Prime came to town, he brought sky-high expectations, the brightest lights possible, and hardly any room for error. That’s doubly true for the players Sanders didn’t hand-pick to be on his roster.

When Coach Prime came to Boulder, he inherited a 1-11 team with a below-average roster (and that’s being generous). Prime’s solution to fix the roster was to essentially start from scratch, as he cut over half of the program. 53 players left Boulder after Deion took over the reins, while 87 newcomers were brought in to take the remaining players’ spots.

Despite their head coach actively trying to replace them, a small number of holdovers decided to stick it out and prove to Deion and his staff that they deserved to stay in Boulder. As of June 2024, only 11 players from the Dorrell regime remain on the roster. Those players have been affectionately known as the “Original Buffaloes,” or “O.B.s” for short.

The nickname O.B. didn’t just come out of nowhere. Sanders was the one who created the accolade as an effort to acknowledge the hardships that these select players have had to endure to stay within the program. In a practice at the end of May, Deion pulled the O.B.s in front of the team and gave them some due recognition.

“These guys are the O.B.s, Original Buffaloes,” Sanders told the team. “Always give them respect, always give them love because they’ve gone through hell and high water. And guess what? They’re still here.”

The O.B.s will have their new rank stitched onto their jerseys, much like the “Leaders” and “Dawgs” did in 2023. Headlining the O.B.s in 2024 will be running back Charlie Offerdahl.

Offerdahl’s story in particular is something special. The Colorado native came to Boulder as a walk-on in 2021 under Karl Dorrell, worked his ass off and made the team. After not seeing action in 2021, Offerdahl saw significant use in 2022, breaking the school record for rushing yards by a walk-on with 150.

Despite Offerdahl seemingly being on an upward trajectory, Sanders coming to town changed that. Deion brought in Dylan Edwards, Alton McCaskill and Sy’veon Wilkerson to act as Colorado’s RB room.

Offerdahl once again had a team to make, and he did just that. His impressive work ethic stood out to Coach Prime, earning him the nickname “Charlie Often-Ball”. Despite being primarily a special teamer in his first year under Sanders, Offerdahl stuck around and awaited his chance.

Before the Buffs’ 2024 spring game, that chance finally came. Deion surprised Offerdahl, telling him that he’d finally been put on scholarship. All his hard work had finally paid off.

The moment you’ve all been waiting for.

Charlie Offerdahl is on scholarship. pic.twitter.com/LSXYO3fQwZ

— Jake Schwanitz (@JakeDNVR) April 27, 2024

Offerdahl perfectly embodies what it means to be an Original Buffalo. They’re hard-working and committed to achieving their goals, not stopping at anything to achieve them. Most importantly, he loves Colorado and being a Buffalo.

“Colorado is home and I’ve always said home is where the Buffalo roam,” said Offerdahl when asked what has kept him in Boulder.

Other than helping the Buffs win games this year, Offerdahl has another individual goal this season; scoring a touchdown at Folsom Field. Despite seeing plenty of touches in 2022, Offerdahl never found his way into the end zone. Now on scholarship and looking poised for playing time in 2024, he’s looking to change that.

“I’m looking to make a difference on the field in any way I can,” Offerdahl told the DNVR Buffs podcast. “The dream is scoring a touchdown at Folsom, keeping that ball and framing it.”

As the 2024 season approaches, Offerdahl is one player fans should keep their eyes on. His work ethic and dedication to staying a Buff are truly inspiring and should make him a fan favorite in no time. Offerdahl will likely play a significant role in the offensive backfield, so remember his name when Colorado’s first game rolls around.

by RylandScholes
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